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The City of Lake Elmo  Mission and Values

“Commitment to the Community”, or mission statement: “The mission of the City of Lake Elmo is to provide planned, quality public services consistent with the City’s character in a fiscally responsible manner in partnership with our community."

Organizational values are an important statement of the norms expected at all levels. In local government, effective governance requires that members of the City Council conduct actions in a manner consistent with agreed upon values. Additionally, every day City staff members are expected to perform at a high level on behalf of the community stakeholders. A successful integration of organizational values requires that employees know and understand what behaviors are expected. Some organizations go as far as to make organizational values part of Council and staff training and development.

Nine guiding “WE BELIEVE” values that will direct its service, both internally and externally to the community: Lake Elmo’s Core Values of Service are:

Ethics and Integrity – We believe that ethics and integrity are the foundation of public trust and 
confidence and that all meaningful relationships are built on these values.

Visionary Leadership and Planning – We believe that the very essence of leadership is to be visionary and innovative while planning for the future.

Excellence and Quality in the Delivery of Services – We believe that service to our residents is our reason for being and commit to delivering services in a professional, cost-effective, and efficient manner.

Fiscal Responsibility – We believe that fiscal responsibility and prudent stewardship of public funds, both short-term and long-term, are essential for citizen confidence in government.

Open and Honest Communication – We believe that open and honest communication is paramount for an involved citizenry and fosters a positive working environment for employees.

Respect for the Individual – We believe that citizens we serve are to be treated with the utmost respect and deserve the best treatment the City can provide.

Community Engagement – We believe that creating and fostering a community with engaged, active, and informed stakeholders is necessary for a healthy city.

Professionalism – We believe that continuous improvement and innovation is the mark of a professional organization and we are committed to applying this principle to the services we offer and development of employees.

Accountability - We believe in decision-making processes that are based on facts, data, and the prioritization of community interests above the individual.